4 great kids books

4 great kids books


Hi, everyone! Now that the kids are asleep and the house cleaned, it’s time we had a little talk about one of my favorite topics: literature. I am trying to instill the love of books into my kids’ minds and to spark their creativity. There are some fantastic books out there, and I want to present some of my favorites.

These pieces of art have something for everybody, and although they are marketed as being children’s literature, they will offer life lessons that could be enjoyed even by the most experienced of us. Some were also turned into movies, and you can find most of them on Netflix more often than not.

One of the most lyrical and whimsical books I have ever read, and that my babies enjoyed very much is “Fortunately, the Milk” by Neil Gaiman. The book follows the epic adventures of a dad who went to buy milk for his two children and it contains many illustrations that will inspire your children to dream more.

To be honest, I recommend all of Gaiman’s body of work. Naturally, his adult novels should be read by adults, because they have scenes that are not appropriate for a younger mind. But his books for children are just phenomenal. His heroes are not perfect humans, and they don’t teach children to strive to be flawless in a traditional way, but his stories inspire them to try their best and not to forget to enjoy life.

A book series that I want to recommend to any parent who wants to promote critical thinking in his family and to teach children the value of a strong bond with the world around them is the ever-so-popular series “His Dark Materials” by Philip Pullman. It’s a fantasy series of four books, full of unexpected turns and plot twists, filled with magical creatures that will melt your heart. I do not recommend the movie since my kids found it a bit boring after they read the books.

Another heart-wrenching book that will be a pleasure for you and your young ones is “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott. It is a classic story about family and about hard times, and how we can overcome anything if we surround ourselves with the right people. My oldest even now asks me to read him his favorite chapters from the book before he goes to sleep.

The last book that I want to bring to your attention is “The Giver” by the talented Lois Lowry. This one has darker undertones, as it is a dystopia, but I think it’s never too soon to introduce our future generations to the dangers of selfishness. And, I mean, this book is unique and thought-provoking and will be a read that you won’t regret prioritizing. The movie was good, as I enjoyed Meryl Streep in one of the leading roles.


Why I Prefer Stick Vacuums Over Canister Ones

Why I Prefer Stick Vacuums Over Canister Ones


A full house can be difficult to keep clean, but not if you have the right tools at your disposal. A vacuum cleaner is necessary for this day and age, but I know that it may be overwhelming to choose one model over others since they all seem to offer such great features. In this post, I want to tell you why I prefer to use a stick vacuum rather than a canister vacuum. I hope my arguments will convince you to give this type of vacuum a try.

First of all, I like the fact that I can clean while in an upright position. I do not have problems with my back, but trying to clean every day while bent from your waist can become painful pretty fast. With my stick vacuum, I only need to push it over the carpets and floors, and the operation is flawless and free of back pains. My kids are well behaved, and they know not to make a mess, but they are still kids, and that means that I need to clean quite often. My stick vacuum helps me keep my house clean, and for that I am grateful.


A stick vacuum has another great advantage in my eyes. It helps me with small cleaning task. Have the kids spilled some popcorn on the carpet when watching a movie? There’s no problem. I just grab my stick vacuum and clean the area where the spill happened, and I am done with it. A canister vacuum would be much too difficult to take out of its storage space and drag it across the room just for a small spill. A stick model is clearly an alternative I would take any day.


Another thing that I found to be beneficial when using a stick vacuum cleaner is that it is very efficient for cleaning hallways and areas where I have many carpets. Hands down, such a model is doing a much better job than a canister model, and I am finished with all the work in no time.

Some may argue that a stick vacuum is not as versatile as a canister model when it comes to what attachments you can use, but this is far from the truth. My stick vacuum comes with a crevice tool and a dusting tool which serves for cleaning up upholstery. This is pretty much everything I need my stick vacuum to do, so I have no complaints in this area. Plus, the vacuum cleaner I use can easily navigate around furniture so I can clean even the trickiest corners and have a thoroughly clean home that is safe for my family and me.



How to Clean Your Home like A Pro

How to Clean Your Home like A Pro

An immaculate home may seem like a difficult goal to reach, but if you focus on a few things and rules and follow them to the letter, everything becomes much easier. I am going to share with you now a few tips on how you can go about cleaning an entire home like a pro.

I will start with every day cleaning, for the mere fact that this makes things much easier in the long run. If you learn how to clean daily in an efficient manner, when you reach the point of a thorough cleaning session, you will notice that you will have a lot less work to do.

Here is a small routine I follow. I take all the dirty dishes and place them in warm water and detergent, where I leave them while I take care of the rest. I make all the beds, and I pick all the debris that happens along the way. I empty all the trash cans, so I can take the garbage out once I am finished with the daily routine. Afterward, I grab my faithful electric broom, and I clean all the floors fast and easy. I dust all the surfaces in each room and, in the bathroom, I use rubbing alcohol to sterilize, as well.


By the time I am done with all these, the dishes are well soaked and easy to wash. I finish the dishes, and I put them back in the kitchen cabinets where they belong. Another thing you can do, although you may not do it every day, is to run a short program on your washing machine with the items that do not need a lot of thorough cleaning.


Each room of the house has certain rules when it comes to cleaning. For instance, in the bedroom and the living room, you should make sure to first clean the ceiling, the corners and the walls of any cobwebs. Window blinds should be cleaned next, and working your way down, dust all surfaces and clean objects like ashtrays and lamp shades. The last thing you should do is vacuuming.

The bathroom needs a bit of extra care. The toilet bowl can be made sparkling clean with the help of a denture cleaning tablet, while the mirror can be simply cleaned with some newspaper pages, crumpled in advance. Remember to unclog the bathtub and the sink using a mixture of vinegar, salt, and baking soda.


Apply the same mixture in the kitchen sink, for easy unclogging. Pouring baking soda down the drain every week will help you get rid of clogs and will keep the pipes sanitized. Use a bit of vinegar when cleaning surfaces and the floors in your kitchen, and it will look sparkling clean.



3 Great Movies I Recently Saw on Netflix

3 Great Movies I Recently Saw on Netflix


Netflix is an excellent choice when it comes to streaming services, and frankly, I don’t quite remember how I used to spend my evenings before Netflix came into my life. I am just kidding, I loved spending my evenings reading, and still do, but this streaming service allows me to enjoy some fascinating titles, so I skip my reading days once in a while, so I can watch a movie on my own, or together with my entire family. Now I want to tell you all about three movies I recently watched on Netflix.

Moonrise Kingdom is the first I will mention since I feel like romantic movies have yet to struggle in this day and age to continue to conquer hearts, which I find quite a shame. The genre is ready for new blood, so to speak, and I found the Moonrise Kingdom to be exactly what is needed for making people watch beautiful romantic movies once again.


The main intrigue consists of a simple fact. Two kids, a boy, and a girl decide to elope despite their age, and that sends their small town in an absolute frenzy. Search squads are organized and everyone, from big to small, seems to be involved in finding the two runaway lovers. Eventually, they are found, and the adults around them have to learn some things of their own from the innocent love the two kids share.


I am not going to tell you how the movie ends or why it is called the Moonrise Kingdom. I hope that I have enticed you enough to have you watch the film yourself.

While I cannot get my husband to watch sappy romantic movies with me, and the kids are too young for this genre, there is always something on Netflix that seems to help me get everyone rounded up in front of the TV. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is one such movie, and I believe that Captain Jack Sparrow doesn’t need a special introduction. I thoroughly enjoyed this installment from the now very popular franchise and my kids, and my husband had a blast, too.


Ocean’s Twelve is the last movie I am going to tell you about in this small article. An action packed movie is always to my husband’s liking, and I like spending time with him while we both enjoy the characters’ ups and downs. While I think the sequel is somewhat a bit less exciting than its predecessor, I still believe that it is a great movie to watch, when you are in the mood for a blockbuster. It is, for sure, different than the first one, but still great, so I highly recommend it.

My Favorite Cleaning Solutions

My Favorite Cleaning Solutions

Being on a golf course for an entire day is bound to take its toll on your golf equipment and your clothes. I know it very well because it is not unusual for me to spend my weekends in this very pleasant manner. Besides getting a good workout, I get to enjoy my favorite sport. After that comes the not so nice part, which involves cleaning my clubs, my clothes, and my footwear. Bringing home mud from the golf course is not high on my list, no matter how much I love golfing. So, as you can easily imagine, I have become a bit of an expert at cleaning.


As far as my golf clubs are concerned, I think that a mild dish washing soap and warm water does the job just fine. Using a brush to get into all the grooves and making sure that there is no caked in mud remaining there has proved to be very efficient time and time again. However, from the conversations on the topic I have had over the years with other fellow golfers, I discovered that there are some solutions that work just fine.

For instance, the Simple Green is a great all-purpose cleaner that I use around the house, and, sometimes, when I find that my golf clubs are particularly dirty, for cleaning my equipment, as well. What I appreciate most about this cleaning solution is that, besides being highly efficient, it is also eco-friendly, so I do not have to worry about a lot of chemicals being thrown down the drain.


Some of my friends also use the Bar Keeper’s Friend, which is another all-purpose cleaning solution that works wonders on all kinds of surfaces. I used it, as well, and I am quite pleased with the results so far. However, if I am given a choice, I guess that the Simple Green is the best of the two. And let’s not forget that if you do not have anything else at your disposal, the classic combination of soap and warm water will always do the trick. Of course, some scrubbing will be involved, but your golf clubs will be sparkling clean and ready to use the next time.


I like to keep a clean house, too, and there are many occasions when I use the same cleaner for all the surfaces in the house. The Fantastik is a well-known brand that I believe many people are using for daily cleaning, and I am one of the fans, hands down. I like that this one works for the bathroom, the kitchen and any surface that needs cleaning, such as walls and floors. This solution really kills germs and bacteria and leaves your home smelling nice.